One solution utilized by dyers was add to the dye some iron filings, wealthy in iron oxide, which gave a deeper black. Another was to first dye the fabric dark blue, and then to dye it black. In the 18th century, during the European Age of Enlightenment, black receded as a style color. Paris grew to become the fashion capital, and pastels, blues, greens, yellow and white grew to become the colours of the nobility and higher courses.

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